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John Quinn
MusicWeb International, August 2014

I enjoyed this disc very much indeed…I’ve not heard too many Ondine discs but on those that have come my way I’ve always been impressed with the natural clarity and truthful balance of their recordings and this present SACD is no exception. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Phillip Scott
Fanfare, July 2014

I cannot imagine any music lover failing to enjoy these delightful works in such excellent performances––and that also goes for the companion volume by the same artists containing the larger Symphony No. 2 and the tone poem Kullervo (ODE 1212-2). Together they form a highly recommendable set. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



Donald R Vroon
American Record Guide, May 2014

…excellent orchestra, conductor, and sound. What is here is quite pleasant and never offensive. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



International Record Review, May 2014

There’s a great deal to enjoy and admire in these works…What magnificent performances they receive her from Storgards and his top-draw Finnish orchestra, which sounds world-class in all respects. Its superb playing is dramatically caught in this outstanding recording from Ondine…An exceptionally fine offering then, confirming Storgards’s Ondine survey of Madetoja’s symphonies and orchestral works as the best available. Wonderful stuff! © 2014 International Record Review



Barry Forshaw
Classical CD Choice, April 2014

This latest disc is the second in Ondine’s Madetoja’s symphonies. Admirers of this contemporary of Sibelius and aficionados of Finnish orchestral music should pay heed. Madetoja synthesises the landscape and folk songs of his native province of Ostrobothnia with a French elegance (Symphony No. 3) to create a unique voice. © 2014 Classical CD Choice




David Hurwitz
ClassicsToday.com, February 2014

The performance is excellent, with Storgards and the Helsinki Philharmonic offering a rhythmically zesty and bold account…

This music now enjoys multiple recordings, as it surely deserves to, but these are as fine or better than the competition, and the engineering is also excellent—clear, well-balanced, and tactile. © 2014 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review



Jean-Yves Duperron
Classical Music Sentinel, February 2014

The writing is clear, concise, and bereft of exaggeration or gratuitous aggrandizement. Each note serves a purpose in the grand scheme of things. [Madetoja’s] music is not led by melody, but rather flows freely and leads to melodic outbursts of refined beauty. The Symphony No 1 in F Major, Op 29 is full of such moments and ends with a triumphant march episode that, through its humility, creates even more of an impact. The slow movements of both symphonies reveal Madetoja’s lyrical and narrative talents, as they evoke strong imagery of wide open landscapes, with lone wind instruments cast upon wafting strings. This is music that has much to say but doesn’t beat you over the head with it. If you like Sibelius, Nielsen, Grieg, Larsson etc…you will fully appreciate the music of Leevi Madetoja.

The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra is the oldest symphony orchestra of the Scandanavian countries…This Nordic sound and style is in their blood and it comes across loud and clear in this new recording. In collaboration with conductor John Storgards and the Ondine label, they’ve released definitive recordings over the years… © 2014 Classical Music Sentinel Read complete review





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